Florida Statute 1003.05 — Assistance to Transitioning Students from Military Families recognizes that school-aged dependents of military personnel often face numerous transitions during their formative years. The legislation provides that dependent children of active duty military who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for special academic programs shall be given first preference for admission to such programs even if the program is being offered through a public school other than the school to which the student would normally be assigned. Special programs include magnet schools, advanced studies, Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, AICE and IB.
Florida Statute 1000.36, Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, provides guidance to school districts on how to remove barriers to educational success imposed on dependent children of military families due to frequent moves and deployment of their parents.
The Duval County School Board Policy 5.23 “Transfer Policy for Dependent Children of Transitioning Military Personnel" describes how DCPS operationalizes the two aforementioned Florida Statutes.
Florida Statute 1002.38 requires that school districts must offer students who live in the attendance area of a school designated by the State of Florida as a failing school the opportunity to transfer to a higher-performing public school (i.e., a school receiving a "C" grade or better).The Opportunity Scholarship Program allows students who live in the attendance area of a school designated by the State of Florida as a failing school to transfer to a higher-performing public school (i.e., a school receiving a "C" grade or better). An eligible school is a school that is designated by the Florida Department of Education as having received three (3) consecutive performance grades of "D" (that is, for 2010, 2011, and 2012) or a performance grade of "F" for 2012.
Students who enroll in magnet programs at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts, James Weldon Johnson, Julia Landon, Kirby-Smith, LaVilla School of the Arts, Frank H. Peterson, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Asa Philip Randolph and Stanton College Preparatory must meet specified academic performance standards in order to return from one year to the next.
These standards are:
Grade 6-7 Pass all courses
Grade 7-8 Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses
Grade 9-10 Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses
Grade 10-11 Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses
In addition, students at LaVilla must earn a “C” or higher in each arts area. Students who are in danger of not meeting the performance standards are placed on probation and provided additional assistance.
Duval County Public Schools continues to review its entire transportation system in order to improve efficiency and to reduce costs. It is possible that the level of service provided to students in 2013-2014 may change for 2014-2015. When considering school choice options, parents should be aware of possible changes in the transportation system.
The school district strives to have the utilization of all schools between 85% and 105% of their current capacity. The 2013–2014 utilization of each magnet school helps determine the number of new magnet openings a school may offer for the 2014–2015 magnet school lottery.
Priorities currently used for the magnet lottery may be reviewed and the assignment of Priority 1 for students who live in the former attendance areas of dedicated magnet schools could change before the magnet lottery is conducted in April.